The Book of Unholy Mischief

In a world of violence and intrigue, who guards the truth It is 1498, the dawn of the Renaissance, and Venice teems with rumors about an ancient book that holds the secret to unimaginable power It is an alchemist s dream, with recipes for gold, immortality, and undying love But while those who seek the book will stop at nothing to get it, those who know will die to proteIn a world of violence and intrigue, who guards the truth It is 1498, the dawn of the Renaissance, and Venice teems with rumors about an ancient book that holds the secret to unimaginable power It is an alchemist s dream, with recipes for gold, immortality, and undying love But while those who seek the book will stop at nothing to get it, those who know will die to protect it.As a storm of intrigue and desire circles the republic that grew from the sea, Luciano, a penniless orphan with a quick wit and an even faster hand, is plucked up by an illustrious chef and hired, for reasons he cannot yet begin to understand, as an apprentice in the palace kitchen There, in the lavish home of the most powerful man in Venice, he is initiated into the chef s rich and aromatic world, with all its seductive ingredients and secrets It is not long before Luciano is caught up in the madness After he witnesses a shocking murder in the Palace dining room, he realizes that nothing is as it seems and that no one can be trusted Armed with a precocious mind and an insatiable curiosity, Luciano embarks on a perilous journey to uncover the truth What he discovers will swing open the shutters of his mind, inflame his deepest desires, and leave an indelible mark on his soul.Rich with the luxurious colors and textures of Venice, The Book of Unholy Mischief delights the senses and breathes fresh life into an age defined by intellectual revival and artistic vibrancy A luminous and seductive novel, it is, at its heart, a high spirited tribute to the fruits of knowledge and the extraordinary power of those who hold its key.
The Book of Unholy Mischief In a world of violence and intrigue who guards the truth It is the dawn of the Renaissance and Venice teems with rumors about an ancient book that holds the secret to unimaginable power It is

  • Title: The Book of Unholy Mischief
  • Author: Elle Newmark
  • ISBN: 9780552775991
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Book of Unholy Mischief”

    1. It's historical fiction--about a chef and his apprentice. It's immediately obvious why I would be drawn to this book; it's set in Rennaisance Venice, circa 1498. (For a while all the historical fiction was set in Elizabethan England, but now that's been done to death, so I guess Rennaisance Italy is going to be the new fad.) Luciano is an orphan living on the streets. He steals whatever he needs, imagines a better life in the New World, and scrapes by. Until one day he is caught trying to steal [...]

    2. Apesar da capa doce e rosa, o conteúdo é logo de início um choque. A crueldade e frieza reservada aos mais pobres e humildes, incluindo pequenas crianças orfãs, é de estremecer. O que estas crianças têem de suportar e fazer para sobreviver é desumano.É mesmo de uma dessas crianças, um rapaz, que este livro nos conta.Luciano nasceu com uma marca escura na face o que é tido como um sinal de mau agoiro. No entanto, para um homem com segredos e algo a espiar é um sinal de que deve prote [...]

    3. More like 2.5 stars. Quick and kind of fun, but the writing goes way over the top sometimes and is quite clunky other times. The totally unrealistic plot goes "Da Vinci Code" (not a compliment) when the "big secret" gets introduced. What really shines are the descriptions of the food.

    4. In the middle of a party, ever start thinking of the book you left at home and long to just curl up and finish the story you had started? The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark made me do that very thing. But then, I'm equal parts nerd and book lover. Certain key phrases always make me perk up when considering a novel - the mystery of an ancient book, the promise of heavenly food descriptions (nerd, book lover, and voluptuary), throw in a dash of something decadent like Renaissance Venice a [...]

    5. Published:30/12/2008Author: Elle NewmarkRecommended for: fans of mystery booksThis was a very intriguing book, full of mystery and secrets. It took about 2pages to get into the story and get hooked on it, it was fast paced and kept you wondering what the 'unholy book of mischief' was about. It was brilliantly written and you learn alot from the book. The books it's self is like a book of unholy mischief. I would recommend it for anybody who likes books full of mystery, secrets, intrigue and adve [...]

    6. O aprendiz de Veneza é um livro com todos os ingredientes para me encantar:Veneza, história, renascimento, inquisição, cozinhas, cozinheiros, comida, gatos, orfãos, pobreza, riqueza, poder, amor, coragem, sacrifício, segredos, livrosA época – Renascentismo, o terror da inquisição e a coragem dos que lutam para salvarem e manterem os seus princípios.Passa-se em Veneza, uma cidade misteriosa e pela qual tenho um imenso fascínio, pelo que dela conheço e desconheço.As personagens prin [...]

    7. This is a really good read!!! The detailed description of Venice life and culture in the late 1400's is amazing. Plus there is a good story line with intrigue, the culinary arts, religion, politics, dungeons, mischief and learning.I really enjoy these kinds of historical glimpses, even if it is a novel and someone's interpretation. This is a good one.I think the actual title of the book in paper form is "Bones of the Dead". I read it in e-book form titled "The Book of Unholy Mischief".

    8. Loved the prose. Made me want go back and edit my own. Sheer beauty. The story left me wanting but how it was told was all craft. Well done.

    9. One might think this is just another story of love, loss and life’s lessons. Boh, one might say with a dismissive wave of the hand, there are plenty of stories like that around. What makes this one different is a combination of straightforward storytelling interspersed with bits of philosophical musings and of course a lot of mystery.It was yet another book I had chosen at random. How can I resist a book with such a beguiling name? It whispered of long ago times, of adventure and desire – al [...]

    10. After a bit of a slow start, this book hooked me and held on right to the end. It's the story of Luciano, a homeless orphan in 1495 Venice, who is inexplicably taken in by the magnificent Amato Ferrero, chef to the doge of Venice. Chef Ferrero makes Luciano his apprentice, and after several months of menial chores such as carrying water and maintaining the stock pot, he begins to learn the arts of cooking. Meanwhile, rumors are rampant about an ancient book that allegedly contains (depending upo [...]

    11. This historical novel is about Luciano, a street urchin who become apprenticed to the doge's cook in 1498 Venice. As a consequence of his apprenticeship he not only learns about philosophy and hidden knowledge from his master, he also gets caught up in the intrigue around the search for a book containing this hidden knowledge.While the setting and characters were quite enchanting (not to mention the incredible descriptions of food), the novel just didn't go far enough. Newmark introduces the ide [...]

    12. It was good. I liked the second half better than the first half, and I probably would've like the first half more if I hadn't been so distracted by other books while trying to start this one. This book was easy to set down. The quote on the back of the book said it was a page-turner. I would have to disagree with that.While it was well written and an enjoyable story to read, it just didn't excite me.It's about an adolescent boy who is trying to figure everything out about himself, life, and a my [...]

    13. Well written, solid story, interesting mystery,Late 15th century Italy; Luciano was an orphan, raised on the streets of Venice. In what would seem is a stroke of luck, he is plucked from his life of beggary and crime by the chef to the doge. He is given the opportunity to live a normal life, perhaps better than normal, by this chef; this mysterious chef.Surrounding anyone who lives in Venice at this time is a rumor about a book that contains secrets from spiritual enlightenment to the prowess of [...]

    14. Long drives are made less tiresome by listening to audio tapes. I picked this up in the bargain bin at Borders as I was preparing for my trip and just decided to take a chance on it. What a lucky buy! I enjoyed listening to the story and I want to go back and read it to return to some passages that were particularly delicious.This is one of the few books that I have "read" that is set during the late 1400's in Venice. Newmark has made the sights, sounds, smells, food and politics of this period [...]

    15. This is a FANTASTIC book! It's one of those rare books that truly offers something for everyone. Whether you like historical fiction, suspense novels, Venice, explorations of the place religion plays in the world (and whether it's deserved), underdog-makes-good stories, or cooking (yes, I said - cooking!), The Book of Unholy Mischief has something for you! Well, I mean - that title alone is fabulous, don't you think??Seriously, this is an exceptionally well written, multi-layered, and joyful exp [...]

    16. What promised to be an interesting story ended up being a chronically narrow historical portrayal--all characters that were connected in any way to the Catholic church (or Christianity in general) were written as unenlightened, corrupt, or irredeemably evil. At first I wasn't sure if Newmark had an ax to grind or had inadvertently written an uneven chronicle. Aside from the completely unbalanced aspect there were numerous anachronisms in the tale ranging from silly to distracting and some of the [...]

    17. Luciano lives in Vienna in 1496 and is a street urchin. He and his friend survive by begging and stealing. Luciana is fortunate when he is caught stealing by the master chef for trhe Doge of Venice. He sees something in Luciano that makes him take him under his wing and puts him to work in the kitchen.The intrigue begins when a major search for a book that reportedly contains the "recipe" to make gold, to make one immortal, and a potent for love.Luciano gets caught up in the search for the book [...]

    18. Set in Venice in the 1400's, this book tells the fictional tale of a hidden ancient book, that is said to hold the secret to immeasurable power. Luciano a mischievous street orphan finds himself taken in by the doge's chief to work as an apprentice in the kitchen of the doge's opulent palace.Within Venice at this time corruption and intrigue was rife. Within the palace Luciano witnesses sinister rituals that lead him to wonder if the fabled book is close at hand.This story contains an excellent [...]

    19. Though dubbed as a new DaVinci Code, I found this novel to be far more evocative of the price we pay for secrets, and a tribute to the art of food as a sensory enticement.

    20. Though the first fifty pages are slow and tough to get through, the book develops into a fast-paced and thrilling novel.

    21. What do you want in life? Power? Money? Being really, really, really good looking like Derek Zoolander? Or maybe just a roof over your head?There are plenty of great stories about orphans and farm boys and farm girls and dragons who grow up to save the world. We call these adventures epic because of their scope. But there are also great stories on a smaller scale. The Chef’s Apprentice aims to be one of these: Luciano is a Venetian street urchin lucky enough to be plucked from the streets and [...]

    22. THE BOOK OF UNHOLY MISCHIEF (Hist-Luciano-Venice/Rome, Italy-1498) – VG+Newmark, Elle – StandaloneAtria, 2008, US Advanced Reading Copy – ISBN: 1416590544First Sentence: My name is Luciano—just Luciano.In late 1400’s Italy, Rodrigo Borgia is Pope Alexander VI in Rome and Venice is controlled by The Council of Ten, the Cappe Nere (Black Cape) guards and Riccardi, doge of Venice is syphilitic. A rumor has arisen about a legendary book, for which the doge has offered a reward. What the bo [...]

    23. If you are a reader that is looking for a fast-paced, quick to it book, The Book of Unholy Mischief is not for you. If, however, you are looking for a book that simmers slowly, builds with an exotic, leisurely scent of savory spices and peels back, layer after layer, as a succulent orange or oversized onion does, you won't be disappointed by this visual masterpiece. I loved the colorful depictions of Venice in the late fifteenth century. So vivid was author Elle Newmark's writing and characteriz [...]

    24. This was a delightful book, set in Venice in the late 1400s, at the height of its powers, and primarily in the kitchen of the Doge's palazzo. It follows the fortunes of a young orphan named Luciano and what becomes his apprenticeship to the Doge's head cook, Chef Ferrero. Of course, the Chef is more than he seems - intelligent, articulate, wise and the holder of a great mystery which Luciano becomes desperate to uncover - but he's not the only one. Others want to find what it is the Chef knows a [...]

    25. Well, I wrote this book and the research alone was an education. Here's a brief synopsis and a few reviews:It is 1498, the dawn of the Renaissance, and Venice teems with rumors of an ancient book said to hold secrets of seduction and power. But while some will stop at nothing to find the book, others will die to protect it.As intrigue grips the city, Luciano, a quick-witted, street-wise orphan gets caught up in the madness. He is taken as an apprentice to the doge's chef, and in the palace kitch [...]

    26. I came across this book in my local library, the title of the book caught my eye as I was searching for another author.Luciano is a lovely character, who very quickly won my heart with his innocence and curiosity. I laughed many a time because of his getting himself into the most difficult of situations and his quick witted ways out of them too!His “Maestro” and mentor Chef Ferrero, who takes Luciano under his wing, is a very strong and intellectual character. He intrigues the reader with hi [...]

    27. I was thoroughly charmed by this book, a complex story full of intrigue and lush, irresistible descriptions.Set in Venice near the turn of the 16th Century, The Book of Unholy Mischief follows the exploits of Luciano, a street orphan who is inexplicably taken as apprentice by Amato Ferrero, master chef to the doge. As Luciano begins to learn the secrets of fine cooking, so too does he begin to learn secrets of a much more dangerous and portentous nature. For the whole of Venice is searching for [...]

    28. About a perfect a book as you will come across. Enchanting charming characters. Rich descriptions of food. Magical recipes.Favorite quotes;"But if you think about it, being born twice isn't any stranger than being born once, is it? Open your mind and don't be too quick to dismiss it.""He said, 'The soufflé teaches the folly of pursuing immortality. Life is death. A moment arises, and it dies. There's nothing but the present and you can't hold onto the present - you can only be in it. A soufflé [...]

    29. A tale of old Venice, alchemy, and intrigue, wrapped up with some of the most sumptuous descriptions of food I've read in a long time. Young Luciano, an orphan living by his wits and cunning, finds his life changed when the Doge's chef rescues him from his life on the streets. At the same time there is a search for a mysterious book of potions -- recipes for gold, immortality, love, and more. What swept me in were the menus that Chef presented to the Doge and guests. The descriptions bordered on [...]

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